PITTSBURGH, PA - The Winnipeg Jets had to be at their best to have a chance against the defending Stanley Cup champions. On a night when history could be made, like it was Thursday at PPG Paints Arena, even more so.
It took a while to get going, but once the engines fired and purred at full song, the Jets, according to their head coach and everyone else who witnessed it live and on TV, "played one hell of a hockey game."
Backed by the 44 saves of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby's winning goal with only 21.1 seconds left in overtime, the Penguins took a 4-3 decision in a thrilling, back-and-forth, physical affair in downtown Pittsburgh.
"The compete was so high, the checks got finished, the battle on pucks was real good," said Maurice. "There were lots of chances to score, and good goaltending kept (us) from scoring. We'll think about the chances in overtime, for sure, but real good battle. It was a really hard-fought game.
"It's that time of year."